Steven you wrote on this board on April 7 2011:
I don't know what you base your self assured attitude on, Steven. Help me understand what technical expertise you actually bring to this debate?Personally, I wouldn't bother with anti-virus software. Overall, it's more trouble than it's worth. Sometimes a lot more trouble.
For Macs, the serious security threats are not viruses (with one exception, see below)...
There are many people, folks who don't understand a bit of all of this technical stuff, that see you as some kind of 'expert' and that your insistence on not needing anti virus protection is putting them and their bank accounts at risk from being hacked. A simple under $100 software condom called an anti virus software package done by programmers who actually understand the risks and stay up weekends and late nights trying to stay ahead of the bad guys seems to be a simple remedy that you and others continually denounce as not worth the price. You spend top dollar on buying Apple and then leave your "fly open" as it relates to security. An expensive suit with a fly open is still a silly looking person. This is *exactly* the attitude I saw inside Microsoft before the viral attacks of 2001 that led to a total change of culture at MS, including a long shutdown of the developers to learn how to code properly. It cost MSFT tens of millions of dollars to fix that attitude. MSFT was never the same after that, and while still fighting attacks, they take security far more seriously than Apple does (at least in public, as I believe that Apple is very serious about this too,and realizes the danger to their image).
While technically not a virus, all anti-virus software actually checks and does some protection against back door trojans, and this trojan actually checked for anti virus packages before installing. But you can't stop a naive user from accepting an official looking invitation to update what appears to be a normal application.
I don't really care if there are people who don't understand that all OS's are vulnerable, but until now I just didn't point out their lack of knowledge on this issue. I've pointed out before that this is like leaving your house door open and leaving for a month, thinking that no one will walk in. You might get lucky. I don't know about you, but a half a million infected Macs is actually *the sky falling*, especially for the old and naive who are sending their banking passwords and logins to someone in Russia or China. We really don't know the cost or magnitude of this attack, yet. And let me remind our readers," that according to cyber security expert and former White House counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke , ... when it comes to U.S. companies. Not only have all the companies been hacked at random, either. They’ve all been hacked by China.
So claims Clarke in a recent Smithsonian Magazine article by Ron Rosenbaum.I’m about to say something that people think is an exaggeration, but I think the evidence is pretty strong. Every major company in the United States has already been penetrated by China.
So believe it or not...it's a real threat...just like our anticipated 'big one' earthquake. And yes, I have some water and food stockpiled.
And to be clear: I use 1 password, and it is not a substitute for either antivirus software or a proper firewall.
Hope you all have run the terminal line commands to check if you are infected.
By the way, just for the record, neither of my two macs were compromised. Both run Virus Barrior X6 and have for years.